HR 2785 has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. This law is also known as the Athletic Trainers Equal Access to Medicare Act and would allow athletic trainers to be a "qualified provider" to rehabilitate Medicare beneficiaries. I have my own thoughts on this idea; some pro and some con. But that's not necessarily where I'd like to see this topic head.. we've been down that road and is it really worth that fight again here? My question more revolves around your thoughts on physicians so-called "self-referral" and physical therapists "direct access." I have read many physical therapists are against athletic trainers being considered qualified because they say it's a conflict of interest for an MD to "self-refer" for rehab. But then at the same time, many physical therapists are calling for them to have direct access. I'd like to hear your thoughts on how they are different..